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Unpublished Paper
Old friends, new friends: Antecedents and consequences of activating social contacts during job searches
(2013)
  • Roxana Barbulescu, McGill University
  • Hyeyeon Gong, McGill University
Abstract
Although much research has addressed the functions of social networks in job searches, the processes by which people activate social contacts during job searches have not yet been thoroughly investigated. In particular, more knowledge is needed about the choices that job seekers make to initiate new relationships rather than activate existing contacts. We propose that these choices will depend on three individual factors: job seekers’ needs for instrumental and expressive support, career identity needs, and social comparison orientation. We also argue that activating existing contacts for expressive support will be associated with increased subjective outcomes of the job search process. We test our hypotheses on data collected via a longitudinal study of 198 MBAs looking for jobs. Our results contribute to research on the psychological foundations of social networks and on the role of individuals in shaping careers in the contemporary workplace.
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Roxana Barbulescu and Hyeyeon Gong. "Old friends, new friends: Antecedents and consequences of activating social contacts during job searches" (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/roxana_barbulescu/8/